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CHS students learn about judicial process

In the end, the jury of his peers found him guilty.

 

Campbellsville High School junior leadership students participated in a mock trial at the Taylor County Judicial Center on Thursday, April 13.

 

Students participating in the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce youth leadership program went to the center to spend a day learning about the judicial process.

 

First, students toured the Taylor County Detention Center and saw what it’s like to spend time in a correctional facility.

 

At the judicial center, local attorneys, court designated workers, police officers, detectives, juvenile court officers, probation and parole staff members and others explained how the criminal and civil court process works.

 

Commonwealth’s Attorney Shelly Miller and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeremy Wood spoke to students about the trial process, and, along with Campbellsville Police Sgt. David Tucker, let students experience what it’s like to serve on a grand jury.

 

Miller talked to students about what happens during a criminal trial and students portrayed witnesses, defense attorneys, prosecutors, petit jurors and the accused.

 

In the end, the defendant, portrayed by CHS junior Alex Doss, was found guilty of stealing a car.

 

Connor Wilson was a circuit court clerk, Bryce Richardson was a prosecutor, Ryan Wiedewitsch was the narrator, Caitlin Bright was a witness and the other CHS juniors served as members of the petit jury.

 

CHS students participating in this year’s youth leadership program are juniors Cass Kidwell, Chanson Atkinson, Kayla Young, Wyatt Houk, Alex Doss, Madison Dial, Ryan Wiedewitsch, Caitlin Bright, Connor Wilson, Bryce Richardson, Sara Farmer, Kimberly Harden and Missy Vanorder.

 

David Petett, director of district programs and transportation director, leads the program.

 

CHS junior Alex Doss portrays a defendant as prosecutor Bryce Richardson questions him.

CHS junior Alex Doss portrays a defendant as prosecutor Bryce Richardson questions him.

 

From left, CHS juniors Sara Farmer, Missy Vanorder and Madison Dial are sworn in as jurors during the mock trial.

From left, CHS juniors Sara Farmer, Missy Vanorder and Madison Dial are sworn in as jurors during the mock trial.

 

CHS juniors Wyatt Houk and Chanson Atkinson, at left, are sworn in as jurors during the mock trial.

CHS juniors Wyatt Houk and Chanson Atkinson, at left, are sworn in as jurors during the mock trial.

 

From left, CHS juniors Kimberly Harden, Kayla Young and Cass Kidwell are sworn in as jurors during the mock trial.

From left, CHS juniors Kimberly Harden, Kayla Young and Cass Kidwell are sworn in as jurors during the mock trial.

 

CHS junior Alex Doss listens to witness testimony as he portrays the defendant in the mock trial.

CHS junior Alex Doss listens to witness testimony as he portrays the defendant in the mock trial.

 

CHS junior Bryce Richardson gives his opening statement as the prosecutor.

CHS junior Bryce Richardson gives his opening statement as the prosecutor.

 

CHS junior Caitlin Bright is sworn in as a witness during the mock trial.

CHS junior Caitlin Bright is sworn in as a witness during the mock trial.

 

CHS junior Bryce Richardson questions witness Caitlin Bright as he portrays the prosecutor.

CHS junior Bryce Richardson questions witness Caitlin Bright as he portrays the prosecutor.

 

CHS junior Connor Wilson portrays a circuit court clerk during the mock trial.

CHS junior Connor Wilson portrays a circuit court clerk during the mock trial.

 

CHS junior Alex Doss listens to witness testimony as he portrays the defendant in the mock trial.

CHS junior Alex Doss listens to witness testimony as he portrays the defendant in the mock trial.

 

CHS junior Alex Doss is sworn in as he testifies on his own behalf during the mock trial.

CHS junior Alex Doss is sworn in as he testifies on his own behalf during the mock trial.





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